Still sunny in Salvador
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 159 of 177 › view all entries
After another very nice brekky, we went with another chap from our group, Brian, down the funicular to the Mercado Modelo at the bottom of the main hill of Salvador. The market is within the old customs building, and is now full of tourist tat stalls and a couple of restaurants. The basement can be accessed for a look at the area where the slaves were held before being taken for sale - a horrible, wet, hot and close area that would have been a hell-hole. From here we caught a taxi over to the Museum of Modern Art. Upon arrival here, the security guard told us it would open at 1pm (it was now 12.15pm) so we decided to wait. When 1pm came around, that guard had disappeared and the new one told us that the whole museum was closed for renovations! Don´t bother coming here at the moment, because there´s nothing to see - mind you, plenty of taxi drivers were bringing people to the site, and then óffering´to wait and take them back for an extra fee! As we were a group of 3 we decided to walk back, but probably not recommended if you´re on your own.
Went back to the hotel for a lovely swim, then Noel went for a drink with some of the group. Had a much better example of the fish stew, moqueca, tonight - Frank from our group suggested we are in the ´moqueca mecca´, and this restaurant certainly lived up to that. Went to another place for a mashed coconut and sugar syrup dessert - delicious!
Last day in Salvador. Visited the city museum, for a closer look at some of the candomble costumes, the rest of the exhibits were fairly ordinary, although the dolls and ex-votos upstairs were quite interesting (ex-votos are the replica limbs that people leave in the churches if they want that part to be healed - you can see feet, legs, arms, even breasts hanging from the ceilings and walls!).